A source close to the Waldo Canyon Fire investigation said Wednesday that the fire was human-caused, but would not confirm whether it was accidental or set on purpose.
The source, who preferred his name not be used, said a Waldo Fire news conference is expected on September 12th. It's not clear whether all the details will be released at that time.
The source said a report on the cause of the fire is still in draft form, and that he wants to make sure federal investigators as well as city and county law enforcement have an opportunity to review the results. He said the investigation is ongoing.
Residents in Mountain Shadows, where two people died and nearly 350 homes were destroyed, had mixed feeling about the time it's taking to get answers.
"That is the last piece that is missing: Why and who did it?" said resident Ahmad Gordji. "It would be much more comforting to people if they would find that out as soon as possible."
Gordji said he expected that information to come more quickly, but went on to say that he understands the sensitivity of the issue and how investigators wouldn't want to make a mistake.
Benjamin and Wendy Cox, who lost their home in the fire, said while they would like information, they're also ready to move on in the home they purchased just around the corner from the one that burned.
"I think pretty much everybody up here, folks who lost homes, would like to know who did it," said Benjamin. "But at the same time, we're just trying to move on and re-build."
"I think it's maybe kind of good they're not releasing everything," said Wendy. "Being in that line of work myself, sometimes you don't want to give leads away before you're ready to release things. You could actual ruin some of the evidence you could collect later."
Residents said most in Mountain Shadows already believed that the fire caused by a person.
"It's sad to see that a human can do this," said Gordji. "Whether it was intentional or unintentional."